Volunteers

We operate a range of volunteer activities which everyone can join in. You do not necessarily need to be a member of our society as you can sign the attendance sheet on the day.  These include boating festivals and the St .Richard’s Festival in Droitwich.  We also work in partnership with Canal & River Trust on volunteer projects like the conservation of the Lime Kilns at Tardebigge. For more information on volunteering contact co-ordinator Bill Lambert. Please use the email link: volunteers@wbdcs.org.uk
During the course of the year, in conjunction with Canal & River Trust, we hold several work parties to carry out such tasks as clearing overgrown shrubbery, conserving the Tardebigge Lime Kilns at the New Wharf, painting signs and lock balance beams, refurbishing benches or any other tasks required. The Society has obtained ‘self supervising status’ for all of these activities.
(The photo above was taken at one such work party where a local scout group came down to the Lime Kilns site to help out and learn).

Lime Kilns Conservation

We work in partnership with the Canal & River Trust on volunteer projects like the conservation of the Lime Kilns at Tardebigge New Wharf.  This is an historic structure which is in a fragile condition so the work will be done under the direction of the Heritage Advisor for Canal and River Trust for the next few years.

The address for Tardebigge New Wharf, on the Worcester Birmingham Canal is Alcester Road, near Bromsgrove. B60 1NF (Work Party dates are shown below).

Lime Kilns Conservation Project:

At the moment, we are working on the mound of soil at the front of kiln 5. We now have a large metal grid on legs that will help us sift out the rubble from the waste soil so we can now do the job much more quickly. Please come and join us.

Volunteer Work Boat ‘Wanderer’

We now have access to the C&RT Community Work Boat ‘Wanderer’ and November 2017 work party dates will be:

Wed 8th, Thur 9th, Wed 15th, Thur 16th, Sat 18th, Sun 19th, Sat 25th, Sun 26th, Wed 29th, Thur 30th.

I will circulate dates for December when details are confirmed.

Tardebigge: Historic Tug Boat

This tug boat is on public display sitting in a small compound at Tardebigge New Wharf.  It represents the type of tugs used to tow boats through the tunnels.  We regularly trim the hedge and mow the grass.  This is essentially gardening type work to keep the display looking neat and tidy. We are always seeking volunteers to help out with this.

Mile Stones Project

Some members have carved mile stones out of sandstone blocks which are being placed along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.  We have a new supply of sandstone to start some new stones.  We work on this project in Droitwich Canal Basin, No 1 Hampton Road, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire. WR9 9PA.

We welcome anyone who would like to help carve new stones.

Society Shop

The society’s own shop supports events right across the region.

Volunteers to help with the shop are always welcome.

Please email shop@wbdcs.org.uk if you would like to help out.

Lapal Canal Work Parties

The Halesowen Abbey Trust (HAT) are working on the Lapal Canal (Dudley No.2) at the Halesowen end. Much ‘scrub bashing’ clearance work has been achieved as things progress towards Manor Way. The Trust are keen to get that end of the Lapal Canal reopened so that visitors may view the abbey ruins and Leasowes Park as well as enjoying the reconnected waterway.
There is support for this venture from several interested groups including IWA, C&RT, LCT and the local Dudley Council. The work parties usually last for two or three hours.

If you feel you can help out here then please visit the Lapal Canal Trust’s website
or the Halesowen Abbey Trust.